Women's Volleyball Falls in Three to Bryant
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Dartmouth women’s volleyball team wrapped up its non-conference slate on Tuesday evening, falling 3-0, to Bryant inside the Chace Athletic Center.
The Big Green (7-6) dropped their third straight contest, producing a season-low 22 kills while the Bulldogs (4-15) won their second match in a row.
The team from the Upper Valley had a strong game from the service line, registering four aces. Kaira Lujan had a season-high two aces while Kayden Cook and Danielle Glinka each added one for Dartmouth.
“It was a disappointing match for us as we would have liked to be on the winning end or at least play more sets,” Dartmouth head coach Erin Lindsey said.
“We are still working on who is going to be the most reliable point scorer for us and we haven’t been successful in the last two matches bringing the defensive intensity from practice. As a team, we are making some really great plays and getting more comfortable in our system, we just need to produce more in longer stretches,” Lindsey added.
In the first set, Dartmouth got off to a quick start scoring the first two points thanks to an attack error and a ball handling error by the home team. After the Green and White held the early advantage, Bryant bounced back tying the game at seven and again at 10. The Bulldogs controlled the second half of the set scoring six of the next seven points to grab a 16-11 lead. Dartmouth threatened late, with a kill from Lottie MacAulay and an ace from Cook, but Bryant won the set with a kill from Claire Van Dyk.
In the second and third sets the Big Green fought hard, but the Bulldogs timely attack won out. The sweep was the third consecutive against Dartmouth, who continues to work with its rotation and setters midway through the campaign.
Offensively, freshman Emily Astarita led the attack with four kills while classmate Lottie MacAulay and sophomore Allison Brady had three kills apiece. Cook had a team-best 11 assists and Stacey Benton dished out seven assists for the Big Green.
With the win, Bryant now leads the all-time series, 2-1.
Dartmouth returns to the court this weekend, Oct. 4-5, traveling south to square off with Brown and Yale in Ivy League play. The game with the Bears is set for Friday at 7:00 p.m. and the tilt with the Bulldogs is Saturday at 5:00 p.m.